Shannon Antle Hamilton

Shannon Antle Hamilton chairs the Firm’s Employment Law Service Group, and is a seasoned litigator and counselor on complex employment law issues. Shannon has significant lead counsel experience in employment litigation and has tried numerous cases in both federal and state court to jury verdict. Shannon’s trial experience includes defending companies in workers’ compensation retaliation claims, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, cases brought under Title VII and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Kentucky Whistleblower Act. Shannon also frequently litigates non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret disputes. Shannon provides counseling to her clients on compliance in all areas of employment law and is a frequent speaker and author on trending employment law issues.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

FTC bans noncompete agreements — what Louisville experts say you should know

By Shea Van Hoy, Editor-in-chief, Louisville Business First, April 24, 2024

The FTC's Proposed Ban on Non-Competes: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Stites & Harbison and JPMorgan Chase seminar, September 26, 2023

Meet Kentucky’s Top 10 Influential Labor & Employment Lawyers in 2023

by staff editor, Business Today, July 21, 2023

“To Text or Not to Text…” Challenges to Defending Employment Matters Involving Text Messages

Speaker, myLawCLE, August 21, 2023

Where the heck are you? Employment and Tax Implications Arising from Remote Employees

panel member, sponsored by Dean Dorton, December 1, 2021

Will the Federal $15 Minimum Wage Become Reality? Part II

Employers May Have To Pay For Vaccine Time If It's Required

by Jon Steingart, Law360, January 25, 2021

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19’S Impact on the Construction Industry

Speaker, 2020 Construction Law Institute, UK/CLE, November 11, 2020

Covid-19: Employment Law Impacts for Banks

Speaker, Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutes Webinar, October 22, 2020

HR With the Experts: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update

Panelist, Virtual Event, Greater Louisville, Inc., September 11, 2020

Three things employers should know about the Supreme Court's ruling on LGBTQ rights

by Sarah Shadburne, Louisville Business First, June 22, 2020

OSHA Revises COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Scams: What Employers Need to Know

Updated CDC Guidance for Essential Workers

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dealing with the Top Issues Managers Face in the Workplace

Women Environmental Leaders of Louisville meeting, Louisville, KY, September 25, 2019

The Final Countdown: Ten Days Until the EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Deadline

Surviving Today's Threats: Managing Legal Liability

Physical Security Expo, Advanced Global Communications, Louisville, KY, June 19, 2019

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Second Chance Hiring

P&C Trends to Watch - Are You Vulnerable?

panel member, Women Leaders in Insurance 2018 Conference, October 19, 2018

#Me Too Movement

2018 Annual Convention, Kentucky Society of Association Executives, Bowling Green, KY, August 2, 2018

Trump Administration Postpones Revised Form EEO-1 Pay Reporting Requirements

Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration Overtime Rule

New I-9 Form Takes Effect September 18, 2017

Review of Kentucky Employment Law Cases

34th Annual Carl A. Warns and Edwin R. Render Labor & Employment Law Institute, June 15, 2017
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Employment Law Service Group, Chair

Diversity Committee, Member and Former Chair

S.W.I.F.T. (Stites Women Investing in our Futures Together) Committee, Member and Former Chair

Chief Talent Officer (2013-15)

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Committee (non-Board member)

Business Counsel, Inc., Strategic Growth Committee (non-Board member)

More Than Stites & Harbison

In addition to taking care of her daughter and son, Shannon is a University of Louisville fan ("Go, Cards!") and can often be found in the Green Parking Lot, hosting a tailgating party for her family and friends.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment (2013-24)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law - Management (2022)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Labor & Employment Litigation (2015)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-24)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky (2007, 2013-19, 2021-24)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2015-18, 2023-24)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Labor & Employment (2008-14; 2020-23)

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" (2013, 2014, 2016)


Shannon has delivered effective preemptive employment advice, sound defense when required, and results for our firms for over 20 years. I have recommended her to many colleagues, because she has that rare ability to actively listen and quickly comprehend the whole of a given challenge. After careful thought, she then consistently offers realistic and cost-effective strategic options. Her ability to keep our cases moving forward at just the right pace, keeping us informed and engaged are particularly appreciated. She is an awesome attorney, and has earned my trust.

- Daniel J. Adams, PE, Chairman, The Thermal Companies

Shannon Antle Hamilton comes recommended as a "very accomplished employment litigator," attracting particularly praise for her strength at trial. She handles a range of employment law disputes, including FMLA, ADA and trade secrets litigation.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020
MH AV 2024 300
Hamilton S Best Lawyers2024
Hamilton S Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2022
Hamiltons Bestlawloy2015
Super Lawyer Top 50
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Client Alerts

Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt Salary Threshold Increase

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule raising the exempt classification minimum salary threshold. The change is effective beginning July 1, 2024. In addition, the salary threshold for highly compensated employees will raise as well. Finally, the rule also sets automatic increases every three years starting in January 2027. The final rule raises the minimum salary threshold to $844 per week, up from $684 per week. The next increase to $1,128 per week would be on January 1, 2025. For highly compensated employees the minimum threshold increases to $132,964 on July 1, 2024, with the next salary increase to $151,164 becoming effective January 1, 2025. Employment attorney Shannon Hamilton takes a look at the rule in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton May 01, 2024
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024

The FTC's Proposed Ban on Non-Competes: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Date: 9/26/23
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC, 400 West Market Street, Suite 1800, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Join Stites & Harbison and JPMorgan Chase for this CLE seminar and reception.

Shannon Antle Hamilton and Robin E. McGuffin September 14, 2023
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023

“To Text or Not to Text…” Challenges to Defending Employment Matters Involving Text Messages

Date: 8/21/23
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.


Employment attorney Shannon Hamilton challenges an employer may face when defending an employment matter that involves text messaging as evidence along with other matters in this myLawCLE webinar.

Shannon Antle Hamilton July 26, 2023
Press Releases

Chambers USA Honors 25 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 25 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2023 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 05, 2023
Client Alerts

“To Text or Not to Text…” Challenges to Defending Employment Matters Involving Text Messages

A client recently received a litigation hold letter from an attorney representing a former employee. It demanded retention and preservation of all “documents and data” relating to or concerning the former employee, their work performance, and termination. The definition of documents and data also included all electronically stored information, “. . . such as e-mail, voicemail, . . . digital audio or video recordings, instant messages, text messages, social media posts, . . . and any other electronic information created, maintained or received by you.”

by Shannon Antle Hamilton March 31, 2023
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 37 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2023